Author: Gary McKenzie

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If at first you don’t succeed…

I wonder if Willie Mullins will be playing the Etta James classic “At Last” this weekend? The legendary trainer had saddled six runners up in the Gold Cup before yesterday and, with three of...

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The gospel according to Paul

It is a decade since the likes of Denman and Kauto Star were winning Gold Cups for Paul Nicholls. And while he has still been winning plenty of races, he has possibly been short of a...

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A special one

He was a horse who ran in the Queen Mother Champion Chase five times, coming third twice, and, on a special day in 2017, winning the big one his talent so richly deserved. Special...

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Champions all

The World Rankings have been announced for the past flat year and once again Cracksman is the top rated European horse. This year he is the best in the world alongside Australian wonder mare...

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Dessie blooms at Ascot

Can it really be thirty years ago? Three decades since we witnessed one of the greatest races ever staged at Ascot? Desert Orchid came into the inaugural running of the Victor Chandler Chase, a...

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Stable mates

It was good to see ITV highlighting the staff at the sharp end of racing recently. Most of them get up at ridiculous hours and can still be seen working in the evening. They...

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I keep on knocking

I am not usually one to bemoan my luck, the game is about ups and downs, but I have to say that I have not been blessed with good fortune lately. Of the last...

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Nicholls’ perfect ten

We have had some great racing this week and I have to start with the King George at Kempton. What drama. Bristol De Mai fell and brought down Waiting Patiently when that horse looked...

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Brain gets ahead

It wasn’t to be for The New One as he was pulled up at Cheltenham and immediately retired. But a not so new kid arrived on the block. Brain Power won the International and...